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good evening, and thanks for being here on a sunday night, and we do begin tonight with the flu epidemic on the move this evening touching every part of this country, even regions that had been spared from the worst of it. and tonight just one image that helps paint the picture of so much misery. this is a google map of where people have been searching online to learn anything they can about the flu. the searches began in the southeast where it first hit hard stretching across the country westward to california tonight, which is now bracing for its arrival. that's where mobile units are being put in place tonight preparing for what this week will begin just as we get an exclusive look inside a hospital in boston back on the other side of the country where a growing number of children are fighting this flu. we begin with abc's john schriffen. >> reporter: tonight, these young faces are among the most vulnerable. >> i don't even want to know what the flu will do to him. >> reporter: our team at "nightline" with rare inside access at boston children's hospital where the staff has kicked into overdrive wearing
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masks to try to treat this seemingly endless little of line of patients. >> hopefully the doctors here can make me better. >> reporter: this year, even the healthiest adults are catching the flu. we asked our viewers to tell us how they're getting through it. donya from washington, d.c. decided not to get the flu shot and got sick for five days. >> i'm nursing myself at home drinking gatorade, keeping hydrated, and i was out for an entire week. >> reporter: lisa adam out in los angeles also didn't get the vaccine. now she's on day five with the flu. >> should be getting worse not better. spent six hours in the emergency room with my dad in burbank on friday afternoon. there were hundreds of people in and out of that emergency room with the same thing. >> reporter: frankie from new york says he got the flu shot but didn't get sick even though his neighbors and aunt have it. >> it felt like i was getting a bad beating and i wound up with a bad headache, but that only lasted like two or three days. >> reporter: out west they're bracing for a spike in the flu. in los angeles, mobile clinics
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like these will be stocked with flu vaccine and sent out into neighborhoods. in portland, clinics were packed after city pharmacies and doctors ran out of the vaccine. and if someone in your own family is coming down with flu symptoms, doctors advise, avoid waiting here in the emergency room. instead, call your own doctor first. david? >> john schriffen tonight. john, our thanks to you. and for those suffering through the threw, this extreme weather not making it easier to get better. hot where it's usually cold. cold where it's supposed to be warm. in santa fe, new mexico, it will be 7 degrees as they approach midnight. in las vegas, it'll be just 25. in the east tomorrow, it'll be 60 degrees in washington, d.c. and a balmy 48 in portland. look at this tonight, a resort in scottsdale, arizona, those are icicles. on a fountain with that more familiar scene in the backdrop, a cactus. and for farmers tonight, these freezing temperatures could spell disaster. here's abc's clayton sandell from the heartland. >> reporter: california citrus farmers are bracing for another
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cold night. >> growers have been up since roughly 11:00 at night through 11:00 in the morning monitoring their frost protection equipment. >> reporter: fans are stirring up warmer air to help growers and consumers dodge an icy bullet. so far prices at the supermarket are not expected to jump. >> when you've got $1.5 billion worth of fruit sitting on a tree, there's a lot of reason to be nervous. >> reporter: further east severe thunderstorms are tearing across louisiana all the way to the great lakes. the national weather service today confirmed this church in hampton, kentucky, was destroyed by a toward loaded with 120-mile-an-hour winds. >> this is january. you don't typically think about tornadoes and winds, stuff like that. >> reporter: near chicago roads turned icy slick. along the east coast, thick fog shrouded maine to the carolinas and in new york may have been a factor in a crash that left one man dead. fog also obscured rehearsals for next week's presidential inauguration. ♪ but like much of the east, washington, d.c. was relatively warm with a temperature hotter
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than death valley. in atlanta, football fans headed to the stadium in shorts. definitely not shorts weather here in denver where you can see the temperature is only 10 degrees, and in the next few days, all this cold air is moving east, david. >> clayton sandell tonight, clayton, thank you. the weather for this evening. and to the newest setback for what was supposed to be the jet of the future for boeing, its dreamliner jet, a plane on the ground in japan being inspected and a troubling find. abc's alex marquardt on a growing list of problems for boeing and their response tonight. >> reporter: the boeing 787 dreamliner has been dubbed the plane of the future. a complex, luxurious aircraft made of carbon fiber, which means it's lighter and more fuel efficient. it came out to great fanfare in 2011, but tonight a string of highly publicized problems has boeing scrambling to do some damage control. japan airlines today reported one of their 787s in tokyo
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leaked around 25 gallons of fuel from a valve in its left wing. the plane, which has been grounded, was being inspected after spilling fuel on tuesday on a boston runway. the same week, firefighters battled a blaze on another 787. the fire has aviation experts concerned, but otherwise, they chock these issues up to teething problems. >> if there were something seriously wrong with this plane, there was no question they would ground it. that's not the problem. there's nothing seriously wrong with the 787. >> reporter: on friday the federal aviation administration announced the comprehensive review of the plane, but officials didn't waver in their support. >> we are confident about the safety of this aircraft. but we're concerned about these incidents, and we will conduct the review until we're completely satisfied. >> reporter: despite this rash of problems, federal officials and industry insiders believe this plane is very important. they say once these kinks are worked out, its advances will set a new standard for commercial flight.
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david. >> but in the meantime, making a lot of passengers nervous. alex, thank you. we're going to turn to san diego tonight where police critically shot a man inside a movie where theatergoers were watching "les mis." they say he tried to abduct his girlfriend at a nearby restaurant then escaped to a darkened theater. when police found him there he waved a handgun. they opened fire. no one was hurt. tomorrow it will be one month since the deadly attack at sandy hook elementary school. ever since the national conversation over how to keep it from happening again and this image from sarasota, florida, where teachers are going to class to learn how to defend themselves and their students if a gunman should come to their school. tonight on the eve of new action on gun control we reported on the rush to buy guns and the police department is having a hard time finding the ammunition they need. there's none left. abc's david kerley at the white house. >> reporter: it was a weekend run on guns. long lines at gun shows, even a protest at one in new york.
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and word outside of atlanta that some police departments are having a hard time getting ammunition because the public is buying so much. >> there's been more demand for ammunition than there's ever been. >> gun safety advocates -- >> reporter: along with more funding for mental health care, vice president joe biden is also expected to recommend significant gun control measures, universal background checks, limiting how many bullets a magazine clip can hold and an assault weapons ban. >> at last the waiting ends. >> reporter: bill clinton got a ten-year assault weapons ban by two votes, but this is a much more conservative congress. a recent poll shows a slim majority of americans oppose such a ban, and the nra is ready for battle. >> the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to getan assault weapons ban through this congress. >> reporter: even a democratic senator says it won't happen. >> assault weapons stand -- >> on just guns alone will not in the political reality that we have will not go anywhere. >> reporter: but other
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provisions may have a chance according to experts. why do hunters need a clip that carries more than ten rounds, and why shouldn't gun buyers at gun shows be required to have their background checked? >> congress surely can and should act to close that loophole and to make more uniform the background check process across all the 50 states. >> reporter: rather than pass laws, one lawmaker is appealing directly to retailers. >> when a mainstream store like walmart says we're not going to do it, it will make people think twice. >> reporter: schumer is hoping these big box stores will not sell assault weapons while congress does debate a potential bill on banning those weapons. as far as the vice president's plans, we should hear that, the detai details of that on tuesday. >> david kerley at the white house, thank you. president obama's embattled nominee for defense secretary got a strong endorsement today from former secretary of state colin powell. the retired four-star general called chuck hagel "supremely
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qualified" in his words to be the next secretary of defense. powell and hagel are both vietnam vets and both republicans, but powell had some harsh words for their party saying the gop should take a very hard look at itself. >> there is also a dark -- a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. what do i mean by that? what i mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. >> powell says he is still a republican but that his party's shift to the right has caused it to lose elections saying it has to change along with the country's population. in india tonight, there is new outrage over a new incident of sexual attack. six men are behind bars tonight. police say a 29-year-old woman was brutally assaulted by a group of men including the driver of a bus on which she was traveling. last month the brutal and ultimately deadly attack against another woman on a bus caused worldwide condemnation and protests. in moscow thousands of
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russians on behalf of americans are outraged that their government has blocked adoptions of russian children by american families saying they are using children to settle political scores. more than 650,000 children, many of them disabled, are in russian orphanages instead of coming to america. in beijing, china, the air is so thick with pollution, it looks like night at the height of noon. even state tv is acknowledging the threat which they rarely do. at the city's famous tiananmen square, the portrait of chairman mao can barely be stand behind a soldier standing guard there. gloria riviera reports. >> reporter: david, major parts of china are engulfed in a toxic fog tonight. the air pollution index skyrocketed this weekend, literally going off the charts, at one point reaching 755. that's on a scale where anything over 300 is considered an emergency. by comparison, the scale used in the u.s. doesn't even go over 500. what's it like? well, there is an acrid burnt smell in the air, eyes are easily irritated, and it's difficult to see through all the
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soot and grit. the problem is blamed on china's rapid economic growth, an explosion in car ownership, all without proper environmental standards. it's an issue the new leadership is being pressured to address and soon. until the air clears here in beijing, the chinese government is warning the 20 million people in this capital to stay inside. david? >> gloria, thank you. and one more note from overseas tonight. egypt perhaps is getting ready to re-open old wounds. an appeals court overturning the life sentence of hosni mubarak. you might remember these pictures of his trial when he was convicted of allowing 900 protesters to die during the arab spring protestment mubarak will remain in custody in a military hospital. he now awaits the new trial. back here at home tonight we showed you how warm it was in washington, d.c. today. take a look at this. the inauguration dress rehearsals. the street outside the white house closed today. actors were called in to play the first couple doing the honors of president obama u.s. air force staff sergeant serpico
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florida's reportedly crawling with up to 100,000 pythons gobbling up indigenous species, many of them pets released into the wild. >> this animal is about 13 feet. >> reporter: hunters gathering here from 30 states vying for the $1,500 pot for the longest snake. many of them bristling with guns but not so much knowledge. >> i hunt polar bear, brown bear. lions. >> reporter: lions? are those endangered? we teamed up with a more seasoned duo, matt bowser and jeff singleton hunting on harleys. but first a little python 101 with shawn heflik. >> it's a little brighter than it should be. if it just doesn't quite register, so you're looking for something that could look like maybe a log -- for a log in the everglades. >> reporter: that's easy to find. a herpatolojist, he's the country's first licensed python hunter. >> over this entire month, i would be floored if the total was 25 snakes.
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>> reporter: 800 hunters, a month of hunting and 25 snakes, you think. that's because heflik's convinced there are barely 10,000 pythons out here. driving out into the everglades, we find matt and jeff feeling confident. what do you guys think your chances are of finding a python? >> real good. >> reporter: and armed to the teeth. >> 10 gauge shotgun. >> 10 gauge shotgun. >> 38 revolver. >> 22 ruger. >> reporter: and those knives, the brush thick, the search tedious. on our way out, they spot something slithering into the water. >> you can make a move a little bit. >> reporter: nothing. we leave them hacking into the brush with a long night and a month of hunting ahead. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> our thanks to matt tonight. when we come back here from that funny moment fending off love into the workplace. >> i'll get into so much trouble. >> you'll get into trouble but with your pants on. >> a real-life love catch.
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role on "house." to another couple, will and kate, and it turns out they're hiring. the job, their servant, sort of real-life "downton abbey," opening. the servant must be able to work 37 hours a week when they move into their 20-room kensington palace apartment. the wanted ad says cleaning silverware, as well as laundry, errands and walking the dogs. of course, that servant should keep in mind there's a royal baby on the well, as well. to the video going viral tonight, a fearless teen in what's called a new form of roulette. hundreds of feet up, this young man in ukraine hanging from a massive crane like it's a jungle gym, no safety harness walking across it like it's a tightrope and then at one point hanging on it like it's the monkey bars and later smiling for the camera as he's holding on with one hand. the camera catching it all. now authorities want to catch him cracking down on what's become a new trend there. if something catches your eye, you can always tweet me @davidmuir on twitter or find me on facebook.
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and finally tonight here, every year in las vegas a whole new wave of technology, and at this year's consumer electronics show, the inescapable trend, trimming your waistline with high-tech help. but something can as small as this on your waistband work? snaking our way through the consumer electronics show in las vegas, we couldn't help but notice so much of the new technology focuses on the new you. that fork called the happy fork. >> it's thought to tell you to got -- to eat more slowly. >> reporter: it tells you to eat more slowly. where are you from? >> from paris. >> reporter: paris, so you come up with this in france where you eat cheese and winement it measures the length of your meal, the number of times you bring it to your mouth and how long you break in between fork loads. it's vibrating already. turns out i was eating too fast, not to mention talking with my mouth full. joanna stern,
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technology editor right there with us. so what does it want me to do? >> it wants you to slow down. >> reporter: so i did. it's not vibrating now. so i slowed down, and it's happy with me now. >> it's actually called the happy fork. >> reporter: apropos. i put this on my forehead. the next item they tried to convince of on was spree. you put it on your forehead. how is my heart rate? 75. my heart rate is dropping as i check out your product. they say it's the first device to combine the length of your workout, how far, how fast with your body temperature sending that information via bluetooth. but i had a question about one of the numbers. do i have a fever? >> no, no, it's okay. >> it's 99.6. it assured me it was no fever. it was warm in that convention center. who wears this? if you're at the gym and have this on, you look a little funny, no? >> no, you don't sweat with this. line the sweat stops.
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>> and lastly, fitbit, you wear it like a watch or right on your belt, and it tells you how many steps, how many stairs climbed, how many calories burned in a single day. so if your goal is 2,562, you're almost there. how many steps should we be taking? >> you should be taking at least 10,000. >> reporter: 10,000 steps a day. so today at work, let's see how many steps i take before i get to the news desk here. took the stairs, went to starbucks for everyone, back up the block, got to love the escalator, delivering those coffees to the edit room. i haven't even hit 2,000 yet, which is why that message said faster, david. everyone is laughing at me here in the studio. i should have skipped the escalator. i'm only at 2600 steps. it should say 10,000. "gma" first thing tomorrow morning and as we mentioned robin roberts with a special announce many. we can't wait, diane right back here tomorrow night, good night. morning and as we mentioned robin roberts with a special announce many. we can't wait, diane right back here tomorrow night, good night.
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next at 6:00, breaking news. we're at the scene of a two-alarm fire in san jose. >> caught on tape. two men accused of stealing mail >> problems from this weekend's freezing temps and it could get worse tonight. >> ama: the breaking news is out of san jose tonight where firefighters just finished putting out the flames on a fire on hag -- hagara road. a single family home was destroyed. people were inside the house when it started. no word on any injuries. good evening, and thank you for joining us. clear sky and controlled temps -- cold telephones outside, and it's going to get even colder let's check in with leigh glaser with a look at weather. >> leigh: it was extremely cold this morning.
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one record low set in san jose, 26 degrees this morning. live doppler 7hd showing that most of the clouds sitting well off the coast so clear sky, cold conditions will continue. take a look at the freeze warning map for overnight, tomorrow morning, updated locations, all the dark purple shadings are freeze warnings posted from 2:00 to 9:00 a.m. and includes the entire bay area, the exception is where that frost advisory is in san francisco, that light purple shading on the map, and that is a frost advisory with temperatures, low to mo #euds, extending 9:00 a.m. frost warning, expect temperatures back down into the mid-20s. how long will it stay with us? we'll have the seven-day forecast coming up. >> people bundled up to keep out the chill today in oakland the chill didn't keep people from heading outside to get some exercise at lake
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